3 Northeast Ohio Photographers Explain Why Cleveland Is Their Muse


If you’re like us, your social feeds have been filled with vibrant images of Cleveland. We spoke to three photographers to find out why Northeast Ohio is so photogenic.

In Gabe Wasylko’s mind, there is a photographic revolution in Cleveland. And he’s more than happy to be on the front lines. Wasylko’s contribution to the revolution began in 2020 when he set a goal of posting one photo per day on Twitter.

And boy did he.

Over the past year, Wasylko’s images of Cleveland’s skyline, architecture and hidden gems have filled lock screens in Northeast Ohio. In May, he used the footage to help him land a job as Destination Cleveland’s social media manager. We chatted with Wasylko and two other Cleveland photographers about their favorite photos.

Gabe Wasylko

This photo enabled Wasylko to verify something on his bucket list. “I’ve always wanted to capture the lighting,” he says.

One day in October, the weather was right, but he didn’t have a tripod with him. So he put his camera down on a railing, set a timer, covered his camera with his jacket to keep it dry, and waited. Once the lighting hit, he was amazed at the image staring at him.

“It was kind of a happy accident,” he says.

Erik Drost

Erik Drost

Drost – who typically comes out to take photos every weekend – took this photo at Lakewood Park in late January.

“I like to do my photographic stuff early in the morning, so I catch a lot of sunrises,” he says. “The lake was just starting to freeze over, and it was just a very calm morning.”

For Drost, the photo is just one part of the vibrant Northeast Ohio landscape. “Cleveland is such a diverse place when it comes to layout,” says Drost. “You have The Flats, which is a little more grainy, then you have University Circle, which looks a bit like an arts district, and you also have the Metroparks. “

Wil lindsey

Wil lindsey

Lindsey, who has worked with Destination Cleveland with the NFL and Playhouse Square, took this sunset photo at Edgewater Park in October of last year. In order to add his own twist to a fairly common photo (everyone took a photo of the sunset at Edgewater), he set his exposure to three minutes while also using an ND filter to help the light shine through. pass. The result is a striking image of Cleveland at dusk.

“I spent a lot of my childhood at Edgewater Park, so I love being able to capture its growth,” says Lindsey. “It’s so beautiful.”

While this photo focuses on the breathtaking Cleveland sunsets, Lindsey also appreciates the architecture of Cleveland.

“Since Cleveland is located on the river, you can really find a lot of cool angles all over the area,” he says. “There are so many different ways to mix views of Cleveland. “


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